Jana Mashonee is Lumbee and Tuscarora. She's been singing since high school and it was her choir teacher who encouraged her to enter singing competitions. She also was the lead singer in a local band and was able to sign a record contract. Later She was told that her singing talent could be turned into a professional career.

Bill Miller is a member of the Mohican tribe, he grew up in Wisconsin on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation. He started playing guitar as a young boy but didn't see it as a way to become famous.

He actually had dreams of becoming a visual artist. He studied art in College and played locally in Milwaukee. Since then Bill has won prestige awards from the Native American Music Association and three Grammy’s.

Martha Redbone is of the Choctaw and Shawnee Nations. She is also of African descent. When Martha was younger she learned how to play piano and also the guitar from her father.

Robert Mirabal is a Taos Pueblo member. He was born and raised on the Taos Pueblo. He is a two-time Grammy winner, flute maker, composer and painter.

He has dedicated his life to living a traditional lifestyle. That means he lives without electricity, running water and grows his own food. Tobias Grant, production assistant, interviewed Robert Mirabal. Roberts talks about his music, growing up on the Taos Pueblo and cultural aspects of his life. Included in this blog are the top 5 songs from Robert Mirabal.

Gary Farmer is of the Cayuga nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy. He co-starred in the Native films "Pow-wow Highway" and "Smoke Signals". He also co-starred with Johnny Depp in the independent film "Dead Man". Gary is also musically-inclined and formed a blues band called "Gary Farmer and the TroubleMakers".

Joey Stylez is Cree-Metis and a Moosomin First Nations Tribal member. Moosmin is located in Saskatchewan, Canada. He had a rough upbringing and overcame that by using his talent for putting a positive light on his Native heritage.

Louie Gonnie is Dine from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Louie admired his father and uncles and wanted to be like them so he began to sing in the Native American Church. He is also a well rounded artist, expressing himself in music, art and writing.

Louie started singing for family and friends. Eventually, people were recording his music and he realized that he could have a career as a recording artist. His albums started out as Peyote songs of the Native American Church. Since then he has created a more contemporary style.

Celebrating their 28th year, the Gathering of Nations is one of largest Powwows in North America. Held annually on the fourth weekend in April in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hosting over 500 different tribes from Canada and the United States.

Steve Wood (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) and two of his brothers founded Northern Cree in 1982. Northern Cree has released 37 albums under Canyon Records. 

Devin Whirlwindsoldier is Lakota and Diné. He was raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. He grew up singing with various drum groups on the pow wow trail. Devin was able to stay positive and out of trouble through singing.

He united with Stephen Yellowhawk and the duo formed “Buddaz and Stephen” and recorded their first album titled “Northern Lights.” Devin and Stephen also have recorded another project with RSBK (Ricky, Stephen, Buddaz & Kilo) titled RSBK. Devin is in the process of recording his next project.

Quese Imc is an award-winning Hip Hop emcee, independent music producer and cultural activist. Quese is a member of the Pawnee and Seminole Nations. Quese and his brother are founding members of Native Hip Hop group “Culture Shock Camp.”

Lakota Jonez is Cherokee, Mohawk and Lakota. She was born in Florida and grew up all over the East Coast and Canada. She began performing at an early age--first in ballet, then writing, poetry, lyrics and finally music. Lakota wrote lyrics and poetry in high school and later found herself immersed in  Hip-Hop music. "Writing Hip-Hop lyrics was like telling a story," she said.


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